官方APP下载:英语全能特训(微信小程序版,支持苹果手机、安卓手机)
创办于2003年
UNSV记不住?那就记中文谐音“忧安思危”吧!
  Slow and Steady Wins the Race!
UNSV英语学习频道 - Slow and steady wins the race!
公众微信服务号
英语全能特训(微信公众服务号)
UNSV英语学习频道淘宝网店
客服短信:18913948480
客服邮箱:web@unsv.com
初级VIP会员
全站英语学习资料下载。
¥98元/12个月

WORDS AND THEIR STORIES - Sometimes 'It Takes Two to Tango'

阅读次数:


VIP会员专享下载:(非VIP会员无权下载!如果想下载,但还不是VIP会员,请点此订购
下载方式:使用鼠标右键(注意是鼠标右键!)点击下面的MP3音频/MP4视频链接,然后选择“另存为…”。
MP4节目视频 MP4节目视频  MP3节目录音 MP3节目录音 
文章原文
同步字幕

And now, Words and Their Stories, from VOA Learning English.

The tango is a South American dance that is passionate and emotionally intense between two people.

Our expression for today's program is: It takes two to tango!

So, let's do the tango … in an expression.

Kirill Parshakov and Anna Gudyno, from Russia, compete in the stage category at the World Tango Championship final in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Kirill Parshakov and Anna Gudyno, from Russia, compete in the stage category at the World Tango Championship final in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Like the tango, some actions or activities take two people. You can't do them alone. Like a fight. Fighting with yourself, whether a verbal argument or a fist fight, would look really silly! And doing the tango by yourself might look silly too.

We often use the expression "it takes two to tango" to describe a situation, usually a difficult one, where two people or two parties are equally to blame. We also use this expression when two people or two parties are responsible for getting something done.

For example, some reforms in the United States will need both parties to come together. After all, it takes two to tango.

Sometimes we shorten this expression by leaving out the subject and say, "takes two to tango."

Here are more examples.

We need to work together on this problem, or we will never find a solution. Like the saying goes, "it takes two to tango.''

This project is too big for one person. I'll help you. Takes two to tango!

We have a similar expression. It also means that two people are involved in something. The expression "two can play at that game" means what one person does, another can do too. We use this expression to involve ourselves in the action: We are going to do the same thing that someone else is doing.

Let's say, someone plays a trick on you. They throw a balloon filled with water at you and you get soaked. You shout, "Two can play at that game!" And then you throw a water balloon at them!

Usually we use this in an "I will get you back" kind of way.

Here's an example.

Look I know that you want the new job in the design department. So, I'm going to tell you something – something about Daryl.

He wants the job too, doesn't he?

Yes. And he just invited the boss to a football game.

Did he. Well, two can play at that game. I will invite the boss … to … karaoke night.

I don't think the boss sings.

Oh. Football karaoke?

I don't think that's a thing. But keep thinking.

Juan David Vargas and Paulina Mejia, representing the city of Cali, Colombia, perform during the Stage style final round at the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina August 21, 2019.
Juan David Vargas and Paulina Mejia, representing the city of Cali, Colombia, perform during the Stage style final round at the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina August 21, 2019.

Now back to our first expression – it takes two to tango. Learning a language is difficult to do alone. So, join me here again next week for another Words and Their Stories. After all, it takes two to tango!

Until next time, I'm Anna Matteo.

Hey, baby, how about this dance? Why? 'Cause it takes two to do this dance Takes two to tango, two to tango Two to really get the feeling of romance Let's do the tango, do the tango Do the dance of love!

Anna Matteo wrote this story for VOA Learning English. Mario Ritter, Jr. was the editor. The song at the end is Louis Armstrong singing "It Takes Two to Tango."

Words in This Story

passionate – adj. having, showing or expressing strong emotions or beliefs

verbal – adj. spoken rather than written words

fist fight –n. a fight in which people hit each other with their fists

silly – adj. having or showing a lack of thought, understanding, or good judgement

soaked – adj. made completely wet

English in a Minute: It Takes Two to Tango please wait Embed share Embed share The code has been copied to your clipboard.

The URL has been copied to your clipboard

No media source currently available

网友的学习评论(0条):
版权所有©2003-2019 南京通享科技有限公司,保留所有权利。未经书面许可,严禁转载本站内容,违者追究法律责任。 互联网经营ICP证:苏B2-20120186
网站备案:苏公网安备 32010202011039号苏ICP备05000269号-1中国工业和信息化部网站备案查询
广播台